We aim to empower our students the essential ability to create effective interventions for real world challenges of the 21st century

Systems Hub


•    To be a global leading facilitator for enlightening creative minds and fostering visionary talents.
•    To develop scientific knowledge, offer engineering methodologies, and solve cross-disciplinary problems.


•    To serve as a platform for merging individual technologies together and implement their integrated functionality at the systems level. 
•    To disseminate impactful technologies to the Greater Bay Area and explore relevant industrial or societal applications.


Thrust Areas

Bioscience & Biomedical Engineering 


This is a field which applies biological and physiological principles for clinical practices and evidence-based treatment.  It also intends to bridge the gap between engineering and medicine for healthcare purposes.

Cross-disciplinary Focus Areas

  • Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering 
  • Precision Medicine
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Plant Biology and Chinese Medicine
  • Healthy Aging
  • Bioinformatics and Data Mining
  • Implanted Devices
  • Biomechanics and Bio-MEMS


MDCK cells under mechanical stress

Wireless transscleral electrical stimulation implant


Intelligent Transportation


Its aims are to develop technologies for providing reliable and driver/passenger-friendly transportation services related to different modes of traffic management, and enable users to be better informed so as to make safer, more coordinated, and more efficient use of transport network.

Cross-disciplinary Focus Areas

  • Road Simulation for Computational Modeling Validation
  • Floating Car/Floating Cellular Data
  • Inductive Loop/Video Vehicle/ Bluetooth Detection
  • Information Fusion from Multiple Traffic Sensing Modalities
  • Collision Avoidance Systems
  • Safety and Security of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • Green Aviation Technologies


Traffic network simulation

Urban environmental impact of drone noise


Robotics & Autonomous Systems


This thrust area studies the integrative system that deals with the design, construction, operations, as well as the control element for sensing, feedback, and data processing.  It also aims at performing intended tasks with a high degree of autonomy. These technologies are used to develop machines that can substitute humans and replicate human actions.

Cross-disciplinary Focus Areas

  • Robotic Manipulation and Grasping
  • Personal Assistive Robotics and Human Robot Interaction 
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems for Construction and Agriculture
  • Swarm/Collective Robotics
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems 
  • Integration of Robotics and AI
  • Robotic Arts

Algorithm structure of autonomous driving vehicle


Smart Manufacturing


It encompasses computer-integrated manufacturing with high levels of adaptability and agile design changes, digital information and data analytics, and flexible workforce training.  This thrust area aims at developing and integrating interoperable systems, multi-scale dynamic modeling and simulation, intelligent automation, strong cyber security, and networked sensors.

Cross-disciplinary Focus Areas

  • Industry 4.0
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Integration of Embedded Systems
  • Advanced Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Smart Sensors, Automated Optical Inspection, Location Detection Technologies
  • 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping
  • Industrial Data Analytics


Nanoscale 3D printing of HKUST logo

HKUST students working on robotic 3D printer